February ends. Finally. I dread the month of February each year. I know it is the shortest month. I know it is the last true month of winter. But, I know each year that it brings nothing to look forward to. This February was no different. So, let’s take a quick look back at the cold, and I mean record-breaking, don’t leave your house cold, and did I mention the dark?
February was upon me, and I looked forward to it as I did every other February. I knew it would be dark, cold, and long. The frigid temperatures and 16 inches of snow hit Michigan in February with a quick snow day for many, including me. The piles of snow kept us home, but away from our tasks. It was a nice start to a long month.
Valentine’s Day came next, and I was happy to celebrate my first as a married couple. I’ve never been one to be impressed by this holiday, but my husband and I made a good time of it. It was the first that we could stay in our own home, which we did. I made one of our favorite meals out – a steakhouse dinner at home. Filet cooked in a cast-iron skillet with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus with blue-cheese sauce. A little indulgent, but a nice evening at home for us.
Thankfully, I had a few days off for winter break. I just needed to be. I went shopping with my mom and my sister and didn’t do a single bit of extra household chores. The shopping was fun since we went needing nothing, but were able to walk away with a few treasures that were on sale.
In the same week that I was off for winter break, we were forced off due to frigid temperatures. The cold kept me inside my home, but I started some tasks that I’d been putting off. One, was to put away some boxes that were simply piled in the basement from my move. Not exciting, but the extra time made the task not seem so dire. In the unpacking, I found my wedding handkerchief that I had slated as lost in the shuffle of the wedding day and moving. This handkerchief was hand-made for me and initialed with my maiden name, and is really one of the few things I could imagine passing to someone from my wedding day. Since we had the day off, I found it.
The rest of February continued as I finished up a unit with my kids at school and took a chance on writing a Slice of Life each day in March. Well, maybe February wasn’t as bad as I thought, but here’s looking forward to March and spring and any good things that warmer weather and sunshine bring.